Founded in 2003, the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is a registered charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This 11-day annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and supports and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American, Latin-Canadian, and Indigenous filmmaking.

VLAFF’s mandate is the encouragement and appreciation of motion pictures as a medium of art, information and education.

Since 2003, VLAFF has provided audiences with the unique opportunity to watch inspiring and innovative films and interact with guest filmmakers from across Latin America and the diaspora.


  • Conduct a Film Festival for the purpose of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of Latin American cinema.
  • Create a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Canada;
  • Provide independent media artists with the opportunity to present and discuss their works with an engaged audience;
  • Showcase the work of Latin-Canadian artists and filmmakers;
  • Generate a network between the Canadian and Latin American film communities and promote artistic excellence;
  • Promote cross-cultural understanding and dialogue, and enrich Canada’s arts and cultural landscape.

VLAFF is committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive, and positive environment in which audience members, volunteers, staff, Board members, artists, festival guests, donors, and sponsors may comfortably and enjoyably participate. We are committed to the principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) and an ongoing process of ensuring these values are reflected in every aspect of the organization.

VLAFF’s Code of Conduct can be read here.

This is your festival! We welcome input on how we can improve the organization and your festival experience. What are we doing well? How would you like to see VLAFF grow in the future? Please email us your comments, suggestions, and ideas at: